speaker
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈspikɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈspiːkə/
Noun

speaker (plural speakers)

  1. One who speaks.
    • 1989, R. Norman Whybray, Ecclesiastes, A&C Black (ISBN 9780567193940), page 15:
      This title is derived from the first verse of the book (1.1), which is a heading or colophon informing the reader who this Qoheleth was: he was the author of the book, or at least the speaker of the words which are contained in it ...
  2. Loudspeaker.
  3. Speakerphone.
  4. (politics) The chair or presiding officer of certain legislative bodies, such as the U.K. House of Commons or the U.S. House of Representatives.
  5. One who makes a speech to an audience.
    The company hired a motivational speaker to boost morale.
  6. (US) A book containing passages of text for use in speeches.
  7. (especially, in linguistics) The producer of a given utterance (text, etc), whether actually spoken or e.g. written.
    • 2002, Merlin Donald, A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness, W. W. Norton & Company (ISBN 9780393323191), page 242:
      The speaker spelled out the words to be communicated, letter by letter, while the reader's hand read the speaker's message. In its original form the hand alphabet assumed that both speaker and reader could already speak and spell the words ...
  8. (music) A key on a woodwind instrument of the clarinet family (cf octave key on other instruments) which induces the instrument to overblow.
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Speaker
Noun

speaker (plural speakers)

  1. The Speaker of the House of Commons



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